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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

number17 Re:Why wonder? (60 comments)

And some people actually pay for tracking!

about two weeks ago

China Leads In Graphene Patent Applications

number17 Re:Reciprocity (86 comments)

That article doesn't say much about China ignoring patent laws. It talks more about how China is using them like everybody else and that Chinese hackers would steal ideas and patent them. As if the people developing those ideas wouldn't patent them themselves.

about a month ago

Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

number17 Mathematicians Freaking Out! (411 comments)

Is 10.10 just a re-release of 10.1 with a 0 tacked on the end? Will version 10.11 be between 10.1 and 10.2?

about a month and a half ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

number17 Re:In the beginning, Google benefitted the world. (355 comments)

Google did the entire world a HUGELY nice thing with Google Search. For the first time, humans were able to find the world's information.

First time? Really?

about a month ago

Blizzard Sues Starcraft II Cheat Creators

number17 Re:Game fairness (252 comments)

You had me right up to the politician part. Politicians love cheaters and in their world they're called lobbyists.

about a month ago

Driverless Cars Could Cripple Law Enforcement Budgets

number17 Re:Kind of a ??? ... (626 comments)

Basically it has to pass the "snowstorm on the highway" or "torrential downpour on the highway" test. That is, you are driving along at 100km/h and hit a snow storm or torrential downpour. Visibility is poor, but vehicles are maintaining speed at around 50-70km/h. The lane markings are covered in snow. Stopping the car in a live highway lane to transition from "car in charge" to "human in charge" is not a viable option.

about 2 months ago

Do Embedded Systems Need a Time To Die?

number17 Re:Sympathy, but no go (187 comments)

Secondly who pays for this? The customer will not be happy if we say every 5 years we say you have to close your factory down for 2 weeks while we rip out all your old boxes and replace with new ones.

And that assumes that all your boxes perform the same function, were purchased at the same time, from the same manufacturer, and have the same end of life. Otherwise these things would be like individual light bulbs dieing out in an office tower. You would have to have somebody managing the lifetime of every device otherwise its reactionary.

about 2 months ago

Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

number17 Re: Dear Mark (335 comments)

Perhaps the issue isnt funding at all. Take a look at the US from the outside and you have a number of wealthy people that can buy and earn a good education. Youve also got a huge prison population with children that look up to that lifestyle. For those children graduating school isnt on the radar. Throwing money at schools wont help them.

about 2 months ago

UN to Debate Use of Fully Autonomous Weapons, New Report Released

number17 Re:Robot soldiers more civilian friendly than huma (180 comments)

The point is that massacres like Mai Lai are caused when soldiers go a bit nutty due to the emotional stress of seeing their friends cut down by an insurgent resistance.

The point wasn't about Mai Lai type disasters. It was about the guys at the top saying the bad guys have weapons of mass destruction, send in the terminators and kill em all.

about 2 months ago

A Look at Smart Gun Technology

number17 Re:Life or death (765 comments)

I've never had to use my jumper cables or first aid kit I keep in my car.

Actually, I don't think you are prepared enough. I always tow a spare car just in case my car breaks down. The spare car has 8 spare tires in it because you never know when all your tires will get slashed.

about 2 months ago

Oculus: ZeniMax Claims Over Rift Tech Are "False"

number17 Re:Neener neener (72 comments)

The both of you came up with a game that you play with the ball and he decided to play it with somebody else. He left the ball.

about 3 months ago

Grading Software Fooled By Nonsense Essay Generator

number17 Re:Quid pro quo (187 comments)

Your moral obligation to write the essay yourself is independent of the method they use for grading it.

Students pay big bucks and expect to have experts in the field teach them and grade their work. It sounds like these schools are off-shoring their marking so that they can do other work (ie Research). If the school was upfront, before paying tuition, that they were going to just send your essay to Bangladesh for marking then I would be ok with having a moral obligation to write the essay myself.

about 3 months ago

The Million-Dollar Business of Video Game Cheating

number17 Out the Back Door (102 comments)

How many "hacks" are created by the devs of the game and sold out the back door?

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

number17 Re:Punishment fits the crime (1198 comments)

And yet they are letting people out early because there are too many of them. How does that deter evil people? Have these people even been re-educated?

about 3 months ago

Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

number17 Re:Wow (1198 comments)

I can't believe people like you are cool with having their daughter shot and buried alive. Thats what this guy did.

about 3 months ago

Target Moves To Chip and Pin Cards To Boost Security

number17 Re: Chip and PIN (210 comments)

but how will this changeover affect companies like square that depend on swipe and sign for most transactions?

Your card will likely continue to have a magnetic stripe for non chip and pin terminals. Canada's deadline for "liability shift" was March 31 2011 for credit.

about 3 months ago

US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

number17 Re:Floppy drives? (481 comments)

While that's great and all, you could have a gazillion men guard a chocolate cake in a climate controlled room, but that ain't going to stop it from spoiling over time.

about 3 months ago

Google Using Self-Driving Car Data To Make Cars Smarter

number17 Re:Not sure we need it (174 comments)

You speak like a true southerner. The car needs to drive in the snow. I can't call my boss and say "Im not coming in today, the car doesnt want to drive".

This is a typical highway drive in Toronto. You tell me that your car is going to stop in a live lane because you hit a snow storm? That's a death wish. Road conditions change in an instant just as they do in the 2 minutes of that video.

about 3 months ago


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